Week 8 and we had another walk through. The sun was shining this morning and there was nowhere better to be than at the top of the Rock looking out over the town across to the Uillinn Arts Centre and the surrounding hinterland. The area is so large we gave names to particular places to help identify them to ourselves when working out our plans. Doctors Hill, Telecom Lane and Windmill Lane are access points. Well Lane, Fire Pit, Famine Memorial, Roundabout, Skeety Rock Lane are the physical features of the 4.5 acre site. Pictured above is our newly appointed HQ. Exciting times ahead in 2016.
Artist as educator – transforming institutions from within or setting up new communities of learning
Pedagogy new forms of cultural presentation Pablo Helguerais the author of Education for Socially Engaged Art: A Materials and Techniques Handbook (2011) Freire emphasises dialogue as does Kester based on conversation & exchange
Hugo Chavez Allo Presidente
Beuys radical opening of roles that had previously been closed – President / Professor
Feminist activists / student movement focus attention on small gatherings cultural cells
Womanhouse Judy Chicago Miriam Shapiro 17 room installation Faith Wilding Waiting
Rhizome – NetTime founded and run by artists online
Universidad la Tierra
Caracoles Zapatistas in Chiapas
Deschooling Society Ivan Illich
Suzanne Lacy Mapping the Terrain / founder of grad program in “public practice”
Tania Bruguera – Cathedra Arte de Conducta invited international figures as an art project as well as also the founder of the Hannah Arendt International Institute for Artivism.
Sean Dockray founder of Aaargh online article library & founded Public School
education is fundamental to art practice
Education & Emancipation.
Art operates in public realm as pedagogy – needs more careful excavation by practitioners.
How are artists educated for social practice – the fieldwork & theoretical resources necessary does not normally exist in an Art School.
Host a class in the middle of the college art association revealing the network that exists between practitioners.
What are the politics of accessing 3rd level education?
Need to learn to make art?
Need to learn professional practice but also systems analysis / engagement strategies/ access to specific areas of knowledge in order to operate effectively in the public realm – train in a guerrilla fashion
University of Bristol to construct an online program that represents the voices of people from Knowle west – collect knowledge that exists within the community in 2 minute videos how do they bury people how do they hunt for foxes – then reassembles for classes. Peer led classes teen mothers leading classes on childbirth. http://www.suzannelacy.com/university-of-local-knowledge/
Museums struggling to catach up with social practice and performance art – how a museum identifies a work and puts it in its collection provokes a lot of thought among artists – crystal patchwork collected by TATE
A work of art & a school reflecting on education as a tool for social transformation
Nicholas Bourriaud / Clair Bishop Rikrit Tiravanja gave separate workshops – to create opposing views for students so they could draw their own conclusions
education as knoweing / analysis / rand esolution leads to arte util which can have short or long term impacts
Brings iconographt of the familiar images insisede teh art institution
fears for egotistical art ptractices that abandon public to mass culture
Week 7 was important for us. We decided that we can continue to work together as a group after the research phase is complete. The experience of having spent 6 weeks meeting in different sites, discussing diverse artistic practices and processes gives us a shared field of reference and a language for discussing our artistic ambitions. Next week we will try and pin down those ambitions more specifically – a process that will be both iterative and generative. This week we met in the enclosed space of Uillinn. Next week we are back on the Rock – in the expanded field that I love.
Vernacular materials of everyday life
Ephemeral Public Art
Tom Finkelpearl : What we Made: Conversations on Art and Social Cooperation – collaborative practice ‘overclaims”
Enrique Penalosa Mayor of Bogota reclaiming public space for pedestrians People need to walk as birds need to fly
Rick Lowe Project Row Houses
Claire Doherty Situations Public Art Now
Getting gritty today. We went to see an exhibition by Suzy Cremers and the sets for her interactive performance Underworld. Afterwards we had a very ‘disciplined’ discussion using Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process. It was a real pleasure to focus on the work of one member of the group. An intriguing, challenging, eye opening and brave day for all of us I think.
This morning we visited the Masons hall in Skibbereen which has been recently completely restored. The ornate and detailed decoration of the Lodge holds its history and current practice; the tools of masonry carry moral instruction ‘I will strive to love and care upon the level and by the square” on a brass square dating back to 1597; and astronomical information used to indicate time of day and time of year by rod and plumb-line. Dermod O’Brien made us welcome in Lodge no 15 and gave us a fascinating history of Masonry as well as playing the cutest little pedal-organ. They describe themselves, not as a secret society, but a society with secrets ..
Artist Toma McCullim introduced the work of George Nuku a Maori artist who sculpts with polystyrene & plexiglass, making objects from Maori traditional culture. These objects become more than their physical dimensions through ritualistic practices that reconfigure them as sacred. Toma had met Nuku and described weaving flax skirts to accompanying storytelling as a ritual in preparation for entry to the meeting house and to an embodied belonging. An awful lot to take in this morning and not enough time to really discuss throughly.. so more to come.
Finished off the Create performance resource today at Uillinn and reviewed some of the audio recordings made at the Rock during the Summer. Then went to see a plaque I had never noticed before on Bridge St. It commemorates the Clerke sisters who are described as astronomers, scientists and writers, an unusual occupation for their gender and times as they were born just before the famine in 1840 & 42. It was so easy being in the arts centre compared to the other places we have visited – a venue designed for purpose and with a great staff putting resources at our disposal.
We met in the Board Room on the top floor of the Sutherland Centre, currently the home of Cork ETB, formerly the site of West Cork Arts Centre & in previous times a Bank. Technology let me down and Michele O’Connor Connolly Digital Humanities Masters student & artist came to the rescue. Michele gave a presentation on Jesse Jones Prosperity Project. This was followed by a jaunt to the Rock via Doctors Lane (pictured above). Taking a break next week – back again at Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre on 29 October.
Reddy took this photo while we were in Skibbereen Courthouse – looks like we are in a church. As well as going through material related to Context and Audience in the pack, Mary Jordan came in to talk about Tania Bruguera the artist that she had selected to contribute to the Urban Explorer archive of favourite artists. It was a very apt contribution given Brugueras interest in social justice and previous tangles with the law. We enjoyed exploring the space and spent time some in discussion afterwards. Apparently the motto of Skibbereen is something like Everything You Seek Is Here but when I went looking on the Internet the only thing I could find was a reference to The Donkey Aters explained by Jim O’Keefe when he was a TD “The people of Skibbereen are known as the “donkey eaters” because in the last century the town of Skibbereen suffered more than any other part of the country from the Famine. It is still a folk memory there”. Interesting as a lot of our discussion had revolved around current refugee & housing crisis and the resonance with the 3,000 people sleeping on the streets of Skibbereen during the famine. Also discussed the arbitrariness of justice and the need for a school for judges – Judge Academy – what would that be like? There are other creative groups in Skibbereen, in particular the inclusive dance group with whom 3 of us have worked – these links are important and hopefully can be addressed later. Lots of ideas spilling out .. lots of experience in the room .. feels really great to be there.
Great buzz today – there was a real sense of excitement and anticipation. The technology – mostly worked and the conversation flowed. This post responds to a request for references to the work we looked at & discussed …enjoy!
Feidlim Cannon & Gary Keegan Brokentalkers & Sean Millar Silver Stars
Louise Lowe ANU Productions Laundry
Helene Hugel Helium Infant Imaginings
Dylan Tighe Stomach Box Productions The Trailer of Bridget Dinnegan
Suzi Wilson & Paul Clark Clod Ensemble An Anatomie in 4 Quarters
Lisa Goldman & Emma Schad The Red Room Hoxton Story
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